By: Elena Andreula / UL EMEA Regulatory Program Expert
On July 28, 2017, the new Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 was published in the European Union Official Journal and it replaced Directive 2010/30/EU with effect on August 1, 2017.
The Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 establishes deadlines to replace the current A+, A++, A+++ classes with an A to G scale and establishes a product database that assists both national surveillance authorities in their enforcement of market surveillance and makes publicly available online the list of labelled products.
The classification using letters from A to G is cost effective for customers selecting products bases on energy efficiency. Moreover, it helps manufacturers develop and produce more efficient products.
The product database is a useful tool for the collection of data concerning products. This database provides the public with information about products and their energy labels and supports market surveillance authorities in carrying out their tasks.
Rescaling of Labels
The regulation is already in force but for household dishwashers, household refrigerating appliances, household washing machines and household combined washer-driers delegated acts will be adopted by the Commission by November 2, 2018.
For products groups covered by all the other delegated acts adopted pursuant to Directive 2010/30/EU, the Commission by August 2, 2023 adopts delegated acts of this Regulation.
Delegated acts of this Regulation have not been finalized yet.
They will lay down the details relating to introducing A to G rescaled labels with the aim of displaying them both in stores and online within specified effective dates.
After the adoption of a delegated act of this Regulation setting specific labelling requirements, the Commission publishes references to the harmonized standards that satisfy the relevant measurement and calculation requirements of the delegated act in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The obligations of suppliers in relation to the product database shall apply beginning January 1, 2019.
The product database consists of a public portion, a compliance portion, and an online portal. Information for the public and for the compliance portion of the database shall be entered by the supplier while information for the online portal shall be entered by the Commission.
Effective January, 1 2019, the suppliers shall, before placing a new covered model on the market, complete the public and compliance portions of the product database the information required for that model.
Where units of models covered by delegated act are placed on the market between August 1, 2017 and January 1, 2019, the supplier shall, by 30 June 2019, enter in the product database the information set out in relation to those models.
Information included in the public part of the database and the online portal shall be made publicly available while the compliance part shall be accessible only to the market surveillance authorities and to the Commission.
Delegated acts adopted pursuant to Article 10 of Directive 2010/30/EU and Directive 96/60/EC shall remain in force until they are repealed by a delegated act of this Regulation covering the relevant product group.
How UL can help
UL is expertly qualified to assist companies in demonstrating their products meet the essential requirements of Energy Labelling Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 and provides testing for appliances to demonstrate compliance from a trusted third party.
Our Global Market Access team is prepared to help you achieve compliance with new requirements around the world. For more information or to contact our experts, visit our Global Market Access site at ul-certification.com.
These updates are for information purposes only and are not intended to convey legal or other professional advice.